Saturday, May 21, 2016

Negative to deal with them.

I often openly talk about the good God does in my life and the places he has brought me from. 

Not all my days are painted with sunshine and gleaming lights - there are days that I struggle. 

My biggest struggle is overcoming those who want to hurt me or get pleasure from hurting me. 

I know I don't deserve the grace and love that God has given me - but he loves me unconditionally - so why can't you accept me and accept that I AM A CHRISTIAN also.  

This week as I receiving what should have been a warm congratulations - it ended with "I hope this one works for you" - how do you even respond to that???

I first stood in awe that someone who I have always admired would have the cold bitterness to say such horrible thing to me.

I then wanted to defend my relationship - wanted to brag how amazing he is.

Last, I wanted to remind this overly kind (insert sarcasm) what really happened in the past. 

Instead, I managed to say "oh I am not worried about that" and walked off. 

I read this today:

“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”  Ephesians 2:10 NLT

So to some my life might look like a failure, but I have to remind myself that those people are not my maker and most certainly not my GOD. 

They don't have the ability to love me unconditionally (even if they say they do), they don't have the ability to not judge me, and they can't see this great big plan God has planned for me. 

For those people that can't seem to bite their tongue or always want to take a jab at you - here is the simple answer.

Proverbs 15 

"A gentle answer turns away wrath,
 but a harsh word stirs up anger.

The tongue of the wise adorns knowledge,
 but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.

The eyes of the Lord are everywhere,
    keeping watch on the wicked and the good.

The soothing tongue is a tree of life,
but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.

A fool spurns a parent’s discipline,
but whoever heeds correction shows prudence.

The house of the righteous contains great treasure,
 but the income of the wicked brings ruin.

The lips of the wise spread knowledge,
    but the hearts of fools are not upright.

The Lord detests the sacrifice of the wicked,
 but the prayer of the upright pleases him.

The Lord detests the way of the wicked,
    but he loves those who pursue righteousness.

Stern discipline awaits anyone who leaves the path; 
the one who hates correction will die.

Death and Destruction[a] lie open before the Lord—
how much more do human hearts!

Mockers resent correction,
 so they avoid the wise.

A happy heart makes the face cheerful,
    but heartache crushes the spirit.

The discerning heart seeks knowledge,
    but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly.

All the days of the oppressed are wretched,
 but the cheerful heart has a continual feast.

Better a little with the fear of the Lord
    than great wealth with turmoil.

Better a small serving of vegetables with love
 than a fattened calf with hatred.

A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict,
 but the one who is patient calms a quarrel.

The way of the sluggard is blocked with thorns,
    but the path of the upright is a highway.

A wise son brings joy to his father,
    but a foolish man despises his mother.

Folly brings joy to one who has no sense,
    but whoever has understanding keeps a straight course.

Plans fail for lack of counsel,
 but with many advisers they succeed.

A person finds joy in giving an apt reply—
    and how good is a timely word!

The path of life leads upward for the prudent
    to keep them from going down to the realm of the dead.

The Lord tears down the house of the proud,
    but he sets the widow’s boundary stones in place.

The Lord detests the thoughts of the wicked,
 but gracious words are pure in his sight.

The greedy bring ruin to their households,
 but the one who hates bribes will live.

The heart of the righteous weighs its answers,
 but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil.

The Lord is far from the wicked,
 but he hears the prayer of the righteous.

Light in a messenger’s eyes brings joy to the heart,
 and good news gives health to the bones.

Whoever heeds life-giving correction
    will be at home among the wise.

Those who disregard discipline despise themselves,
    but the one who heeds correction gains understanding.

Wisdom’s instruction is to fear the Lord,
    and humility comes before honor."

I have to remind myself of that often!  

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Cape Girardeau Air Festival

So I am a little late at posting these - but still wanted to share.   The 2016 Cape Girardeau Air Festivalwas amazing - Good Job City of Cape Girardeau and all the sponsors.

This is an annual event, this year it was free (I can't remember if it was previously).  The best thing about the air show is you are right there - the jumpers, pilots, and crews are willing to meet the audience  - we love that!

Canadian SkyHawks 

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Being Bridezilla is NOT Normal...

This past week my daughter and I were chatting about our wedding....she curiously asked "Mom, why were you not Bridezilla?"  She apparently learned this mocking term from some movie.  

I can happily admit that I was not Bridezilla - not one moment - I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of our wedding and the moments up to it. 

Photo by Elizabeth Rae Photography
From the moment Trey asked me to marry him, I prayed that God use my marriage to do his work - including my wedding.  

I prayed "God, make this day and my marriage about you and not about me"

I never complained about the stress of getting married, because I was not stressed. 

I never freaked out, because there was nothing I feared. 

I never worried about who would be there or who would not be there. 

I never wanted my wedding to be a show, I wanted it to be a testimony for God's love. 

We dream for years about finding "Happy Ever After" but finding that happiness does not come from the perfect wedding, the best dress, the number of people in attendance, or the size of the production.  

It comes from making a commitment to work with another person, for God.  

I think back to our wedding day (yes it was only a few weeks ago) and I remember not wanting to eat at my reception, I just wanted to sit and watch all the beautiful people God brought together to rejoice his masterful plan.

I remember thinking; I don't want this night to end, I want to hug everyone, love everyone, watch everyone eat those yummy cupcakes, and laugh with them out of pure joy.  

I often question the hearts of those "Bridezilla" brides- if your wedding is stressful, what will your marriage be like?

Marriage may be hard, but it is a lot harder if you are marrying for the wrong reasons! 

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

I am SOLD on the Panasonic LUMIX ZS60

So a few years back Panasonic gifted me with the Panasonic ZS40 - that camera made me like Panasonic - I even wrote a whole post comparing it to my Canon EOS Rebel T3.  

Then last year they teased me by giving me the Panasonic A500H  to test out, again, I was amazed by the technology and ease of use. 


This year, just days before my wedding, Panasonic surprised me with  the new Panasonic LUMIX ZS60 - and I am SOLD on Panasonic products now. 

I have used only the Panasonic ZS60 while on my honeymoon - below I am sharing a few of the photos and the features that amaze me with this camera.

The quality of images is amazing.....

Again, you all know I have been a Canon girl for years, for the fact that I despise grainy unprofessional photos, but secretly I loathe carrying around my great big camera bag and all the gear.

After a few shots with my new Panasonic Lumix ZS60 - NO editing this was the result.  

Shot of the Thorncrown Church in Eureka Springs Arkansas

The ease of use is perfect....

So I am like super busy, okay every mom is super busy, but I am that mom that can't waste time on reading directions - in fact don't tell Panasonic, but I have no idea where my directions to this camera are.

However, with no directions I was still able to shoot photos, edit photos, share photos with my phone, ohhhhhh and I discovered (unlike my last Panasonic) this camera has a touch screen - with my fat fingers that does wonders!

demonstrating the little green lines'

Another new feature that sold me on the new Panasonic ZS60 is the leveling technique - I am terrible at taking straight pictures, even with my big camera, well this new feature makes me want to level my photos and get all green lines!  

Below is a photo I was able to shoot while using the the leveling technique.  

a photo I was able to shoot using the green editing or filter

The Zoom......

Like my other Panasonic camera the ZS60 has amazing zoom quality - below you will see 2 photos one shot without zoom and one shot zoomed in - I see no grainy pixels or poor quality in either photo.

Not Zoomed -

Zoomed in -

The video quality....

Now Panasonic talks about the 4K video quality - I am not really an expert on 4k or video quality. What I do know is that my camera shoots amazing videos when I hit the button, oh and I can shoot a photo while I am videoing - double awesomeness.  

Video of Bam Bam the Bear at Turpentine Creek Animal Refuge in Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Panoramic View...

Part of the shooting features that I love is the panoramic view - this has become some what popular, but as a travel writer, this is a must.  I want to be able to show my readers the same view that I am seeing - I want you to feel that you are there with me.

Panasonic offers this on the Lumix ZS60 with just a turn of the dial - I must admit this photos speaks wonders - look at the clouds.

Customer Service and Deals...

I am a person that seeks good customer service and a good deal - I can say the few times I have had a question or issue with my Panasonic cameras their support team as been there to help me - either in person or over the phone.

Panasonic has also been so kind to offer my readers and the Traveling Mom's readers a really good deal - just in time for Mother's Day.

Would I suggest you buy the Panasonic ZS60? 

My close friends always ask "if you had to pay for that camera would you buy it?"  Yes I would - I would recommend this camera to anyone including those who have to see me daily.  This camera is perfect for everyday use, business use, and busy moms like me.  

Friday, April 29, 2016

Goodbye Single Life

As D said "we will no longer be single, we will marry Trey, and it will be us all the time"....

Tonight, I kissed Trey goodbye, drove home with Lesse and D...this will be our last night of not living together!  :-) 

The kids and I talked about the past, the present, and the future - the future was their favorite (mine also).

We said goodbye to what was once and are ready for what is gonna happen!  

This week is the week of changes.....

I gave up my full time stressful job......

I snuggled with this cute guy....

I remembered this girl is smarter than me...

And tomorrow I marry my best friend...

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Lawnmower Races at the Patton Saddle Club in Patton, MO

(Disclosure: this originally posted in 2013 - updated today)  

Okay I have a need for speed, or I just like boys with fast toys!  Who knows!  

A few weeks ago I bribed my gal pal Jessie to road trip with me to the Patton Saddle Club for the Lawnmower Races.  We had heard about how fabulous it was and hey we are self-proclaimed "redneck" girls, so this had to be right up our alley!

The Patton Saddle Club Lawnmower Races are PERFECT for a night out, rather you are looking for family fun in Missouri, a cheap date night, or just something unique to do.
BEST Cheese Fries Ever!!!

The cost of entry (this may change in the future) is $5 a carload, the man told me that was no matter how many are in your car.  That is CHEAP, especially for this broke girl.

I do suggest you take a few extra bucks with you as the Patton Lions Club has their FAMOUS food there....people seriously, they can out cook any chef when it comes to their Cheese Fries.

The club host races every other weekend. Trial time starts at 5pm and the race starts at 6pm. For a future schedule you can follow this link.  Race dates for the Patton Saddle Club Lawnmower Races.

Seating, Parking, and things you need to know.

Pack a Blanket or 2.  It gets chilly!

You will need chairs, or the back of a pickup bed to sit in.

The grounds get crowded so go early.

A flashlight would be nice to have.

Cell Service is sketchy there, so be prepared.

Bug Spray - yes we still have mosquitos there.

NO ALCOHOL - this is a good thing!  The races are VERY family friendly!

You can bring your own non-alcoholic drinks, but the Lions Club also has a concession stand.

The races are loud, but safe.

You should probably feel sorry for this girl!  I drag her everywhere, take embarrassing pictures of her, and force her to be cool!  <3 ya Jessie
Photos from the Race:  

Ready to RACE

Who will WIN?

I don't think he meant to do that!!!

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GaGa, he is the one!

Dear GaGa,

Oh how my heart has missed you, but I know you are where you belong.

You are still in my daily thoughts and often in my daily conversations, but I am writing to tell you
that you have been replaced in so many ways.

Years ago we had so many conversations, you were my inspiration, you were the one I wanted to be like, you loved me unconditionally, you prayed relentlessly for me, you praised with all you had, and I was your pride and joy.  I thank you for that - those moments have truly paid off.

GaGa, this weekend I will say "I will" to my new best friend, my new prayer warrior, the person who inspires me to work harder, pray more, shout louder, and follow God into the unknown.

GaGa, he is not famous, he does not have millions of dollars, he does not care for what this world has to offer him, he is not known by many......


He loves Jesus, he loves me, and he loves those grandbabies of yours!

While you will always be in my heart and I will see you again one day soon, this will be my last letter to you - I am devoting those "special" conversations to him.

I want to grow in God with him, I want to share those funny thoughts to him, and together we want to do God's work.

I love you GaGa always will.......